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I think not all of you saw the sick german safety video. I am… 
11th-May-2004 01:29 am
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I think not all of you saw the sick german safety video. I am lemming to chaoticerotic.

My bike is quite nice. I did some cleaning and polishing today. I should get the fork seals fixed soon. I'm curious about doing more work myself, but I may just have this done. Any bike mechanics out there? :)

a moment of silence
In other vehicle news, I am saying goodbye to my van, the first car I ever owned. A 1985 Plymouth Voyager SE. Mine has no wood trim, a few dents, a crumpled fender, some integral nylon rope, and a bumper that hasn't been quite straight for some years now.

My little van went through hell and back. I put about a hundred thousand miles on it since high school, when dad bought it for $3000. I drove it from New Hampshire to California, doubling as a bed for the week. We drove to British Columbia for one night, and barrelled from Seattle to New York, filled with stuff, in 49 hours. It took me to work every day for years. It took an orange construction barrel at 60mph (when my friend thought the road was moving), and it took a black ice slope into a telephone pole. It hit 115mph (estimating, since the speedo numbers stop at 85, and the needle keeps going) once on a long downhill in the midwest and ran through the night without any oil until we stopped to check it (and promptly "oh shit" :). This car is magic.

It practically never needed repairs; I've only spent a few hundred dollars on it, for some random maintenance. I changed the drum shoes myself once. It has the best power steering ever. It has power locks and windows from '85 (aww yeah), and they mostly still work. ;) It even has remote cables which operate the rear (non-power) windows from the front. The entire thing is a bright creamy yellow color, inside and out, easy to spot. It never had any real acceleration; it's heavy and has a tiny 4-cylinder engine that gets 20mpg. It crawled up Troy's hills and plowed through its snow. It hauled our people and our stuff through college, collected junk on request. It went a couple years with no valid papers without getting stopped. solledrache named her Bertha and drove her to Albany every day for a year.

I wish I still needed it, or could find a home. But I haven't really been using my van for a year, and can't leave her parked anywhere here. I abandoned a rear seat in New Hampshire, and put the other on the curb yesterday, gone today. There are quirks everywhere. The back is scattered with junk, there's a hole in the exhaust; only one wiper remains, the fender is still crumpled. You can't see it now, but chryssaliss's pink bubble gum patch (from the ghetto garage, no assurances stated or implied) still holds air in one tire. I think the bleach smell has faded, from a questionable cleaning experiment of mine. She still runs like a tank. Title, registration, inspections? Bertha laughs at these things. I rescued her from a number of tow lots, but not this time, I think. I miss you already. Comfortable, simple and solid, easy to work on, easy to drive, dreamy reliable. At a hundred and ninety six thousand miles, this car is still magic. I love her.

Farewell, Bertha. Thank you. :)
Comments 
10th-May-2004 11:01 pm (UTC)
A seat ditched here, a seat ditched there... "You can't junk a car like that all at once!"
11th-May-2004 12:22 am (UTC) - Ahhhhh.... Germans
Who needs hands anyway?
11th-May-2004 07:03 am (UTC)
Farewell, Bertha. I've probably seen you around.

Rust in pieces.
11th-May-2004 08:54 am (UTC)
Hmm, I've been looking for a van that I could sleep in while I travel..

My car has 280K miles on it and is still in very good shape, considering. I am familiar with nursing along vehicles and going lots of miles with them, even if a few parts fall off along the way.

There is no inspection down here.

Possibilities of resurrection?
11th-May-2004 02:29 pm (UTC)
Quite possible, I think. I'd love it if you want to. :) The tow company probably wants a couple hundred bucks, right now. If you want to get her, sooner would be better. I can ask the Troy police where she is and give the towers a call. I'd be happy to provide more info about the van, too. I don't mind helping, within reason. Let me know what you want to do. :)

Are you still in Florida?

What's the best way to communicate?
11th-May-2004 09:05 pm (UTC)
Still in northern Florida. Here until not here, but no solid plans right now.

Call or email. I'll email you contact info.

Yay, kewl! *:)
14th-May-2004 12:18 am (UTC) - no-go
I tracked her down, and she got vandalised before the towing. I hear she's got smashed windows. Sounds like a no-go to me. She's getting sent to salvage very soon. I did not object. Pity you two didn't meet sooner; I'd been trying to give her away for awhile. ;) Sowwy.
14th-May-2004 08:18 am (UTC) - Re: no-go
Aw, bummer. What a way to go.

Thanks for trying. :)
11th-May-2004 02:38 pm (UTC)
lol where did that video come from?
11th-May-2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
My friends list. :) I have no idea what the original source is. :)
*hugs*
11th-May-2004 02:55 pm (UTC)
*hugs back* twas quite amusing :)
20th-May-2004 07:01 pm (UTC)
I never actually watched this video until now, but had heard people talking about it for a couple of months.

I guess the cinematographers that shot evil dead 2 had some time on their hands while in germany :D
20th-May-2004 10:05 pm (UTC)
*grin* I checked out your journal earlier today. *amused* *hugs* :)
3rd-Jan-2005 11:18 pm (UTC) - reading you, when (or perhaps because) i should be sleeping...
that you have seen staplerfahrer kunst should not surprise me... but it confirms my thought that you may someday grow up to be my father. if you, or he, ever really grows up. ^_^
3rd-Jan-2005 11:18 pm (UTC) - Re: reading you, when (or perhaps because) i should be sleeping...
*klaus. i always misref it...
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